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DO YOU HAVE? TRAVEL CHECKLIST

DO YOU HAVE?

  1. Proof of US CITIZENSHIP is required to leave and return to the United States. Passports are required. If you cannot meet the requirements you will be denied boarding on departure from the US or return to the US. If you are not a US Citizen, be sure your documents are valid to leave and re-enter the US. If a minor is traveling without both parents, a travel release may be required in order to leave the US. Many Countries now require an entry fee and/or a departure tax. We cannot collect this for you, as this tax is collected by the Country you are visiting and they prefer to get it directly from you.

  2. Airline tickets or know that the group leader has yours. Verify that the name on the airline ticket is correct and spelled as it is spelled on your passport.

  3. Surfboards properly packed in board bags. Planes are loaded by weight, so the lighter the board bag is the greater the chance of it being on top instead of underneath heavy luggage. 

  4. Clothes. Travel light. A neat shirt and long pants (or good shorts) for travel and tennis shoes. Airlines and custom agents are usually more receptive if you are dressed neatly. Boardshorts, tee’s, and slaps are fine for the beach. That said, don’t forget your slaps, hat and sunglasses.

  5. Medical. Travel release if under 18. Personal prescription drugs should be in carry-on luggage and in Rx bottles with labels. Be mindful of security restrictions on liquids. If you are concerned about health conditions, you can always contact your personal doctor or call the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta (800-232-4636). If you have any health problems or allergies, a copy of your medical record may be handy. A Multivitamin is good to take while traveling. If you need glasses, don’t forget to take them! A copy of your insurance card could also come in handy.

  6. Surf Stuff.  Fin keys and screws , fins, ding repair, wax (appropriate for the water temperature where you’re going), extra leashes, wetsuit, vest or rashguard, soft racks, and stickers to give away to locals. Click any of the underlined words to check them out.

  7. Other Stuff.  Sunscreen (the good spf 30+, which is more expensive outside the US), condoms, toothbrush, first aid kit, ear drops if you have a history of ear infections, insect repellent (again, the good stuff), large needle and thread (not much call for this, but it’s really handy if you have a rip in your wetsuit/rashguard or get something stuck in your skin), duct tape, toiletries (deodorant & stuff), swiss army knife or nail clippers (NOT in carry-on luggage or in your pockets), women should take any health needs including birth control pills & tampons.

  8. Cell Phone(duh), iPod, camera, gopro, laptop, books, etc. All optional of course (if you want to get really bored on flights and down time). Packed in a carry-on bag which must be small enough to fit in the overhead bin or under the seat.

  9. Junk food stash (granola bars, peanut butter, candy etc.) but be mindful of security restrictions.

  10. Money! We suggest you take half your money in cash and half in travelers checks using $20 denominations. In more remote areas larger bills are harder to break. Be sure the bills in your cash stash aren’t torn or blemished, as they might be refused. Always take a credit card for those unexpected expenses and to use for car rental or vehicle insurance deductible guarantee (credit cards must be in your name, you can always ask parents to add you onto their existing account to expedite credit card approval).

  11. BE AT THE AIRPORT AT LEAST 3 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE – ALWAYS RECONFIRM YOUR FLIGHT IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. NONE OF THIS STUFF IS ANY GOOD IF YOU ARRIVE LATE OR FORGET TO RECONFIRM YOUR FLIGHT AND ARE DENIED BOARDING. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RULES ARE DIFFERENT AND AIRPORT SECURITY IS TIGHT.

– SURF EXPRESS

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10 Best Gift ideas for Surfers

Soooooo.. You’ve got a new boyfriend or girlfriend that surfs and you want to impress them with a really cool gift, but you have no idea what to get them! Or maybe, your spouse is a surfer and you’re having trouble thinking of something they could use that they don’t already have… Whatever the situation I have a few legit solutions to your dilemma. I’ve been surfing for nearly 30 years now and these products below still get me excited!

 

#1 Surfboard Storage Rack: 

What surfer wouldn’t be stoked to open this gift up?! The racks are adjustable to accommodate different size boards and they are padded. Perfect for the garage or (if you have a really cool chic) somewhere in the house. Surf racks are awesome, they will love em!

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#2 Wetsuit Changing Mat:

Every surfer needs one of these. Well, every surfer that has to put a wetsuit on I guess. The changing mat not only protects your wetsuit from the dirt and rocks (and your feet I guess), but also protects your car from all that mud and salt water. The bag cinches up into a sweet little dry bag. If you buy this make sure to get the next product on my list, the Changing Poncho, which is shown in the image above.

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#3 Wetsuit Changing Poncho:

Say goodbye to flashing bystanders with a towel slip (nobody wants to see your white ass). These ponchos make it extremely easy to slip into and out of your wetsuit without worrying about your towel holding up. Best of all they second as a towel too so you’re nice and toasty after a cold session. And it’s machine washable too!

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#4 Soft Racks for car:

Even if they have a truck and you’re thinking “they don’t need these”, trust me they WILL come in handy. They are great to pack in your suitcase for surf trips as well. The rental car companies do not provide them in most cases and sometimes that truck or SUV you reserved isn’t available (not when you book through us of course), you’ll be very thankful you packed these in that case! They hold up to 6 shortboards and up to 4 longboards so for most surf trips just one set will cover the entire group. They come in a handy carrying case too so easy to pack.

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#5 Wet/Dry Backpack:

This may look like your ordinary backpack, but I assure you it’s not. This backpack was made for surfers and any other water sport. There is a wet/dry compartment built into it where you can store your wet board shorts, bikini, vest, or whatever else without soaking your backpack! It also sports a fleece lined sunglass pocket, and skateboard carry straps. I’m definitely a backpack guy, and would be stoked to get a new one as a gift any day.

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#6 Portable Shower Rinse/Kit:

I can’t describe the pure satisfaction of showering off with warm water after a chilly surf session! Not only does it feel great but it leaves you fresh and clean. You can put 2 gallons of hot or cold water in it. It’s pressurized, which is awesome, and it comes with a nozzle that has 7 different settings. It fits nicely in the back of the car, truck or suv. All their friends will be jealous trust me.

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#7 Key Lock Box:

This is hands down the safest way to hide your key while you’re out surfing. Every surfer has a story of when their key (or their friends in my case) slipped out of their wetsuit pocket… That sucks… Like really sucks. Especially when it’s freezing out and you’re in a wetsuit. And this is a 1,000 times better then hiding your key and hoping a thief wasn’t watching. There’s plenty of those stories as well. Bottom line, this is a must have!

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#8 Rip Curl Tide Watch:

Surfers constantly need to know the tides and this watch from Rip Curl makes it extra convenient! It’s also nice to be able to have it in the water to track the changing tide. Every surfer will smile after opening this gift guaranteed. Did I mention it’s water resistant up to 330ft as well? Comes in several different colors too if your surfer prefers a little more flashy.

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#9 DJI Mavic Pro Drone:

Want to make a surfer happy? Stick a drone in his hands and let him play around a bit at the beach. AND you both can use it on your vacations for selfies and scenery shots. The coolest feature is it folds down to the size of a water bottle which makes it a breeze to pack and transport. It has a 4k camera as well, so great quality. This is one of the best drones on the market so can’t go wrong.

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#10 Pickle Wax Remover:

Let’s bring it back down to earth with something a little easier on your pocket book. One thing you can always be sure of with a surfer is that they put wax on and they take wax off. Just scraping the wax off before a new coat leaves the board looking crappy, so personally I like using a wax remover to get all of that wax/sand combo off my white deck and then apply a fresh coat of wax. I’ve heard it helps with punt height too…hehe.

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